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Thalassemia (Mediterranean anemia) can occur in many people. Carriers of the common Mediterranean anemia can also pass the disease genes to their children. So what is Thalassemia (Mediterranean anemia)? Here are the symptoms of thalassemia.

Thalassemia, also known as Mediterranean Anemia, is a disorder that can be transmitted to children by genetic means. Since this disease is more common in Mediterranean countries, it has been called Mediterranean anemia. So what are the symptoms of Thalassemia? Turkey Medicals member and a Specialist in Pediatric Diseases, told about the details of the issue.

It has a direct connection with the production of hemoglobin in the body. A disorder in the production of hemoglobin, the protein molecules in red blood cells that carry oxygen, leads to the destruction of red blood cells. This condition, on the other hand, causes the appearance of anemia. There are two types, alpha and beta. Mediterranean anemia does not need treatment when it is mild. But if the disease is serious, treatment is needed.

Mediterranean Anemia (thalassemia) is a preventable blood disease that is genetically transmitted from mother and father to children. It is very important to prevent the disease by identifying carriers, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis, and it is necessary to take preventive measures.

What are the symptoms of thalassemia?

– Yellow and pale skin,

– Appetite,

– Dark urine color,

– Headache,

– Excessive anemia,

– Extreme malaise,

– Retardation in development,

– Deformity of the bones of the face,

– Tension and irritability,

– Difficulty breathing,

– Swelling that occurs in the abdomen,

– Swelling of the liver and spleen.

How is thalassemia treated in Antalya hospital Turkey?

The most important form of treatment for a person with Mediterranean anemia is blood transfusion, which should be repeated every 3-4 weeks. But a constant blood transfusion leads to the formation of too much iron in the body. To prevent this condition, Desferoxamine and vitamin C are prescribed, which ensure the removal of excess iron accumulated in the body.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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